Five Steps For Fantastic Annuals

The Best Flowers Start With A Well Prepared Bed

Most flowers love soft well-drained soils. To turn even the worst dirt into “Super Soil”, add organic matter. We have had great success in our own display gardens with tilling in Master Nursery Bumper Crop. This is a superior organic compost fortified with the right organic nutrients and mycorrhizae that enriches and loosens any soil.


 

Select Well

Sun-loving plants generally do poorly in shade, and shade-loving plants scorch in the sun. Each kind of plant is well marked to determine where it goes best. You usually need 2 or 3 sizes of flowers to give your bed a three dimensional look. Solid blocks of color show better than flower mixes. Think of yourself painting your landscape with a paint brush. Our staff is always there to help you if you want.

Planting
Planting Garden

Plant Carefully

Feed the roots by scattering Master Nursery Master Start and rake into the soil. This is a high phosphate granular fertilizer that is mixed into the soil that enables the plant to establish quickly. With annual flowers we suggest spreading 2 inches of bark mulch on your beds before you plant any flowers but after you have prepared the soil. When you plant, dip the plant roots into a bucket of Master Nursery Root Master B-1 solution. This rooting hormone will stimulate new roots that allows the plant to start quickly. Scrape the root ball with your fingers to break up the outside roots a bit to encourage the roots to penetrate outward. With a trowel move the mulch aside slightly, plant the plant at the same depth as it was in the pot, then press the soil around the roots. Immediately give the newly planted plants a thorough watering .

Tidy Your Beds On A Regular Basis

Keep the weeds from getting a good start. It is much easier to remove them when they are small. Mulch will keep 90% of the weeds out. Scattering Preen Garden Weed Preventer on the soil after the flowers are planted will keep many other annual weeds from germinating. Remove dead blossoms when you are in your beds looking for weeds. This “deadheading” is needed only on dead blooms that are unsightly or where you see seed pods. Deadheading extends the flowering period of most flowers and keeps your bed sharper looking. Water only as needed by soaking the beds without watering the leaves much. Lots of sprinkler watering on the leaves promotes disease and rotting in the plants. Fertilize every 2 weeks with Garden Elements Bud & Bloom for your best flower show.

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Coneflower Sombrero Blanco

Enjoy The Compliments Of Your Neighbors And Passers-By

You deserve praise for adding such beauty to the community.